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Local support groups exist to guide, inform and encourage

Listings based on last best information received. Confirmation recommended before attending.

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• Caring for the Caregiver, Alzheimer’s Support Group affiliated with Alzheimer’s Assoc., 5:30-6:30 p.m. fourth Thursdays (Jan.-Oct.), Rufty Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Sara Maloney 704-637-3940.
• Alzheimer’s/other dementias support group, 6:30 p.m. third Thursdays, Horizon Bay Assisted Living of Concord, 1501 Zion Church Road E., Concord, 704-782-1100.
• Autism Society of NC, Rowan chapter, Partners in Learning Child Development Center at Catawba College. Call 704-638-9020 for dates and times of meetings.
• Autism support group, 6:30 p.m. first Thursdays, Medical Arts Building classrooms, Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, 920 Church St. N., Concord. 704-403-2660 or www.northeastpedsneuro.org.
• Bariatric support group, first Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m., classroom A2A of the medical center. Free. Suzie Dinse, RN, 704-210-5474.
• Caring Friends grief support group for parents who have lost infants. Meets on an as-needed basis. 704-636-7803 or 704-279-6279.
• Cardiac support group, 7 p.m. third Tuesdays in February, June and October, Cardiac Rehabilitation Wellness Center, second floor Kiser Medical Building, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, 704-210-5412.
• Celebrate Recovery, Christ-centered 12-step program for alcoholism,co-dependency,grief, divorce, sexual abuse; domestic violence, drug, sexual, food, gambling addictions, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road. 704-637-7523.
• Celiac support group at Rowan Regional Medical Center. Anna DeBoyace, RD, 704-210-5240.
• Circle of Hope support group for parents grieving the loss of a child, 7-8:30 p.m. second Thursdays, 2290 Statesville Boulevard. Lori Yang, 704-630-0319.
• Coping with Grief group support for anyone mourning the loss of a loved one. Call for current schedule. Rowan Regional Hospice, 704 637-7645.
• Denton Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue support group, expanded to include all chronic illnesses such as RSD, migraine, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, and anyone having to cope with pain in their lives; 6 p.m. first Thursdays, Central UMC, First Street in Denton. Addie Phillips, 336-859-9122, addierick@hotmail.com
• Diabetes support group, 7-8:30 p.m. first Mondays, Faith Baptist Church fellowship hall. Group leader: Freda Horne RN, 704-279-2463.
• Diabetes support group, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, noon-1 p.m., fourth Mondays, Burlington Room, Charles Mack Citizens Center, Mooresville. Free. Mitzie McCurdy, 704-660-4859.
• DivorceCare, Monday 6:30-8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton St., $13, DVD-based sessions. 704-633-0431.
• Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K), Mondays 6:30-8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton St., cost $13. Kids 1-6th grade make friends with others who understand how they feel as they watch videos, do activities, hear music, play games. 704-633-0431.
• Domestic Violence support group for women 18 and older who are or have been in abusive relationships. Call 704-636-4718.
• God’s Special Angels, support group for families with children with Down syndrome. Partners in Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center, at Catawba College, 2300 W. Innes St. email rowandsgroup@gmail.com or 704-68-9020.
• GriefShare, Monday 6:30-8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton St., $13. For those who have lost a spouse, child, family member or loved one. 704-633-0431.
• GriefShare, Monday 6-8 p.m. Feb.17-May 19 2014, Central Baptist Church, 1810 Moose Road, Kannapolis. 704-467-2795.
• HERO support group for children ages 5-12 who have witnessed domestic violence, 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays; 5-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Call 704-636-4718.
• Hurt, Habits and Hang-ups: Celebrate Recovery, Monday 6:30-8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton St., $5. 12 steps plus 8 principles of Recovery found in the Beatitudes. 704-633-0431.
• Incest/Rape Survivors support group, 5:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays. Call Family Crisis Council, 704-636-4718.
• John Miller Colon Cancer support group, lunch at noon, third Thursdays, Farmhouse Restaurant, Jake Alexander Blvd. Eva White, 704-212-2362.
Living In Pink breast cancer support group, 6 p.m. first Wednesdays except July, Novant Health: Rowan Medical Center large conference room. Vicki Rhyne 704-640-8088, Jennifer Overcash 704-855-3372, Rebecca H. Smith 704-210-6870.
• Multiple Sclerosis self-help support group, “Our Inspiration,” for those newly diagnosed and/or with Multiple Sclerosis, 6:30 p.m. second Mondays except June-July-Aug. J.F. Hurley YMCA, Jake Alexander Blvd. Christine Scotton, cascotton@carolina.rr.com or 704-798-3341.
• NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for family, friends and individuals suffering with mental illness; with support,education and advocacy. 7 p.m., first and third Tuesdays, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd., pull around back. Peggy Mangold, 704-640-8811, mangoldpeggy92@gmail.com or Joyce Parra 704-645-1030.

• Narconon, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those with drug addictions provides addiction help through consultation 8 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week. For help, call 1-800-556-8885.

• Narcotics Anonymous:
O=open • C=closed • D=discussion • AF= alternating format • WA or 1/2WA=wheelchair accessible • CL=candlelight meeting • BS=basic text study • LS=literature study • All meetings are nonsmoking
—Sunday: 6:30 p.m., Omega Group, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1920 Shirley Ave., by Salisbury Mall, behind Clancy Hills, AF WA.
—Monday: Noon, Omega Group step study, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1920 Shirley Ave., by Salisbury Mall, behind Clancy Hills, AF WA • 7:30 p.m. Happy Joyous & Free, First United Methodist Church, 209 E. Mill St., Landis, OD WA.
—Tuesday: Noon, Omega Group, Mount Zion Baptist Church,1920 Shirley Ave., by Salisbury Mall, behind Clancy Hills, AF WA • Noon, Embracing Reality, First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St., Kannapolis, AF WA • 6:30 p.m. Omega Group, Gethsemane Baptist Church, 719 Caldwell St., BS WA • 7:30 p.m. Free to Live, New Hope Lutheran Church, 1615 Brantley Road, Kannapolis, OD BS.
—Wednesday: Noon, Omega Group, Mount Zion Baptist Church,1920 Shirley Ave., by Salisbury Mall, behind Clancy Hills, OD AF WA • 7 p.m. Omega Group, Moore’s Chapel, Monroe and Partee streets, OD.
—Thursday: Noon, Omega Group, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1920 Shirley Ave., by Salisbury Mall, behind Clancy Hills. LS AF WA • Noon, Embracing Reality, First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St. Kannapolis, O WA • 7 p.m. Omega Group, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 201 W. Council St., CD LS WA enter at Boy Scout Hut.
—Friday: Noon, Omega Group, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1920 Shirley Ave., by Salisbury Mall, behind Clancy Hills, AF WA, spiritual discussion • 7 p.m. Omega Group, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 131 W. Council St., AF • 8 p.m., Free to Live, New Hope Lutheran Church, 1615 Brantley Road, Kannapolis, OD AF.
—Saturday: 7 p.m., Omega Group, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 201 W. Council St., enter at Boy Scout Hut, OD WA .
Narcotics Anonymous Helpline, 704-640-6488.
Alternative: Narconon, 800-431-1754 or DrugAbuseSolution.com

• Overcomers in Christ, Jericho Outreach addiction recovery program, 7 p.m. Mondays, Grace Bible Church, 6725 E. N.C. 152, Rockwell. 704-279-6820 or Overcomersinchrist@yahoo.com. Also, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Rockwell Public Library basement. 704-213-6712.
• Overcoming Depression, Mondays 6:30-8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton St., $5. Learn where the feelings of depression begin and that God has a plan. 704-633-0431.
• Overeaters Anonymous Salisbury, 12-step program for those with a problem with food, yo-yo dieting, bingeing and compulsive overeating, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, St. Luke Episcopal, 131?W. Council St., door to the immediate right and back from the church front doors. Chris, 704-604-0910.
• Parent-to-Parent support for parents of children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, emotional or behavioral challenges and parents of premature infants, through Family Support Network of Southern Piedmont, call 1-800-650-6526 or 704- 788-1616.
• PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays) support group, 10 a.m. third Saturdays, Haven Lutheran Church, 207 W.Harrison St. 704-213-0181 or salisburypflag@ bellsouth.net or dmchone@carolina.rr.com
• Recovery Anonymous for anyone affected by the disease of chemical dependency, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sundays, Suite 211, Kent Building, 909 S. Main St. 704-637-0052.
• Rowan Brain Injury support group, 7 p.m. fourth Thursdays, 108 Dorsett Drive off Statesville Blvd. To support people with acquired brain injury and/or TBI, families, care givers or anyone interested. Nadine Cherry 980-622-7732, Mary Sechler 704-905-2353, The Arc of Rowan 704-637-1521.
• Rowan Epilepsy support group, 7 p.m. second Thursdays, First UMC, 217 S. Church St. Carole Young, 704-639-0847, youngcarole@hotmail. com or toll-free to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, 1-800-642-0500.
• Rowan Parkinson’s support group, 1 p.m., first Tuesdays, First Presbyterian Church, Fisher St. Peggy Wilson, 704-633-3181.
• Rowan Hospice & Palliative CARE, grief Support Group, Monthly, day support groups from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Spring and Fall, evening 6-week support groups available. Susanna Lund 704-637-7645 or 336-331-1348.
• Salisbury Mothers of Multiples support group for families of twins, triplets and more, 6:30 p.m. third Thursdays, First UMC, N. Church St., Suzannah Callahan at 704-647-0445.
• Sarcoidosis support group, 1-3 p.m. third Saturdays, Rowan Public Library. For anyone that has or knows of someone with sarcoidosis. Delilah Blackwell, 704-638-0060, 704-797-6692, blackwelldelilah@yahoo. com
Sexual Assault support group, 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays. Call 704-636-4718.
• Spiritual Divorce: The Gift of the Climb, Monday 6:30-8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 223 N. Fulton St., $20. Great follow up to DivorceCare. 704-633-0431.
• Surviving Stroke support group, 6:15 p.m. first Thursdays in March, June, Sept. and Dec., Diagnostic Imaging and Physical Rehabilitation Center, Division of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, 514 Corporate Circle. 704-210-6918.
• TOPS means Take Off Pounds Sensibly: Weekly one hour support group meetings, annual cost $28, half price for children 6-18 years and spouses who join together. www.tops.org/ or 1-800-YEA-TOPS. Local contact: Laura Wickwar, 919-621-3613, Laurasgw@gmail.com
Monday: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, weigh-in 9 a.m., meeting 10 a.m. Leader Betty Camerlin 704-856-0205;
Monday: Carillon Assisted Living, 1915 Mooresville Rd., Country Kitchen room, weigh-in 5:30 p.m., meeting 6 p.m. Leader Maggie Musselwhite, 704-754-6158;
Tuesday: 795 Cannon St., Rockwell (fellowship building of Foursquare Church), weigh-in 5:30 p.m., meeting 6 p.m. Leader Denise Jacobs, 704-279-5164, 704-642-6518, deejacobs@windstream.net
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Tuesday: Lane Street Baptist Church, 2532 Lane St., Kannapolis, weigh-in 9:30 a.m., meeting 10 a.m. Contact Linda Ramsey, 704-938-3634.
Thursday: Ursinus United Church of Christ, 116 W. Main St., Rockwell, weigh-in 6 p.m., meeting 7 p.m. Mary Coburn, 704-970-7224.
• TLC support group for Widows/widowers, third Wednesdays, Powles Funeral Home. Russ Roakes, 704-279-7241.
• Us Too Prostate support group, 6 p.m. third Thursdays except July, Novant Health: Rowan Medical Center Clay Classroom. Rebecca H. Smith, 704-210-6870.

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